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The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver began production in 1953; within four years, the plutonium factory had its first major accident, the first of many. In fact, by the end of its forty-year run, the plant would gain notoriety as "the most contaminated site in America." Kristen Iversion, the author of this disarming memoir, grew up in the radioactive shadow of this secret facility and she witnessed at close quarters the disastrous effects of its activities. In Full Body Burden, she combines haunting personal experiences and talented investigative reporting to expose our government's betrayal of its responsibility to its citizens. A Discover Great New Writers selection.